Just look at these pictures! I could look at Ocar Droege’s work all day.
There’s not a great deal of information available online about Droege; it seems he was based in his native Germany, but during his life he travelled around Europe by bicycle and sailing boat. He was an active artist from the early C20th, fought in the Second World War and was taken captive by the Russians. He died in 1983.
I find that Droege’s images combine the best aspects of both graphic design and fine art. The scenes he chooses have a timeless appeal, the reflections and composition are exquisite and the colours are deliciously luminous. For me, his trees in particular have the most attractive delicacy.
So, it seems marvellous that these are prints, created from woodcuts, rather than painted. I can only imagine the skill, planning and years of practice it must take to be able to produce this kind of image.
Why aren’t woodcuts like these valued more highly?
(images sourced from Google Images)